Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson Gloves featured in Swarovski Exhibition – Billboard

“It’s literally like living in disco here,” said the fashion designer. Michael Schmidt on a video call from the new exhibition, he put together a spotlight on iconic fashion pieces worn by superstars and all featuring Swarovski crystals. Taking sparkle and brilliance to the next level, beaded apparel exhibition opened in November at Swarovski’s Kristallwelten – that’s Crystal Worlds in English – a park and museum, opened in 1995, located near the jewelry company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria.


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Most of the items in the exhibition, titled Performing Arts, are original pieces, including one of the Michael JacksonFamous gloves of. “For me, this is the best work of pop music historical memorabilia so I’m happy to have this here. This is an original. It was on loan from Michael Bush, who was Michael Jackson’s designer. He made all of Michael Jackson’s clothes in the second half of his life,” says Schmidt.

On loan from Bob Mackie and Cher is a headgear designed by Mackie and worn by the singer while she resides in Las Vegas. “To be able to witness it with my own eyes is truly overwhelming. Schmidt says it has many folds and is meant to evoke feathers and of course it’s crystallized.

His own design of a glove for Lady Gaga, which she wore American Horror Story: Hotel as Countess Elizabeth, is also on display.

“She plays a killer and she will cut your throat with the nail of this glove. It’s 11,000 Swarovski crystals with a sterling silver bezel,” said Schmidt, who is known for his one-of-a-kind elegant creations for pop stars like Madonna, Elton John, Beyoncé, Cher, Rihanna, Cardi B and Katy Perry.

Schmidt spent three years working on the show, which is due to open last year in tandem with Swarovski’s 125th anniversary. But it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It really gave us more time to gather other things that I didn’t have access to. The pieces have been scattered around the world in various repositories, Schmidt said.

Other pieces on the show are reproductions, such as a sculptural replica of the chandelier dress – designed by Jeremy Scott and performed by Schmidt – that Perry wore to the Met Gala in 2019.

Schmidt also has a replica made from a Swarovski studded Jean Louis dress. Marilyn USAonroe worn when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962. (Original is owned by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bought the dress in 2016 for $4.8 million.)

And he recreated the white tuxedo that Marlene Dietrich wore in the 1932 movie Blonde Venus. “This is the first time Swarovski crystals appear on film, in the famous scene with Marlene and Cary Grant. The original doesn’t exist anymore,” Schmidt said, adding that Blonde Venus marked “the introduction of Swarovski to the world of filmmaking, and then, all the great designers of the day, from Adrian to Edith Head, they used Swarovski above all the great movie stars of the time. at that time.

Additional original items in the exhibit include costumes by Bjork, Lizzo, Elton John, Selena Gomez (a crystal flower hat), Grace Jones, Dita Von Teese and Beyoncé. There’s a real crystal slipper made for the 2015 movie Cinderella, plus a Marilyn Monroe scarf in Seven years of itching Not far from the fancy headdress that Mila Kunis wore when she played Jupiter Jones in the 2015 movie Jupiter Ascending. Also on display is a leotard worn by Simone Biles. “It was very important for me to have Simone in the show,” says Schmidt. “I wanted to expand beyond singers and movie stars to include sports.”

“What is truly amazing is that all the moments from the past 100 years have been touched by Swarovski. There has never been an exhibition like this that connects all these great moments and this company and its products, which are truly indispensable to the entertainment industry,” continued Schmidt. .

The exhibition – which will be on display for seven years (although some items will only last for a year while new ones will be added) – was designed by Tony Award-winning designer Derek McLane , who designed everything from Moulin Rouge! and Ragtime on the stage of the Oscars (from 2013 to 2018) on Broadway. McLane creations for the Swarovski exhibition include a crystal-covered effigy-like sculpture Elton John on stage, seemingly flying on a piano. “We turn on very special custom lights [the exhibition] Schmidt said. Another highlight: A sparkly corset worn by Nicole Kidman as Satine in Moulin Rouge, movie.

Performing Arts is just one of 17 exhibition areas at Crystal Worlds, a space Swarovski calls the Chambers of Wonder. Elsewhere throughout the 17 rooms is an installation called The Chandelier of Grief by artist Yayoi Kusama; a nearly 20-foot tree made of 150,000 crystals co-designed by designer Tord Boontje and the late Alexander McQueen; and a crystal dome with 595 mirrors modeled on one of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. The 18-acre park even boasts a carousel made of 15 million Swarovski crystals. “The museum was built in the foothills of the Alps, which is very special,” says Schmidt.

Given Schmidt’s gift of eye-catching design, his exhibition is a fitting addition to the mix. “Of course I heard a lot about Michael Schmidt designing all these incredible outfits and then I went to LA and,” said Carla Rumler, curator of Swarovski Crystal Worlds and cultural director of Swarvoski. he invited me to his studio. Later, in Schmidt’s studio, Rumler suggested holding an exhibition together. “He said yes right away,” she recalls, adding, “I was overwhelmed by the results. When I first saw it, I was in tears. Without him, we wouldn’t be able to do this. He had access to all the pieces. “

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter, where you can Look at the photos from the exhibition.

https://www.billboard.com/culture/lifestyle/swarovski-crystal-exhibit-lady-gaga-michael-jackson-gloves-1235014931/ Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson Gloves featured in Swarovski Exhibition – Billboard

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